We Have to Move On
Posted on April 27, 2015

Have you been struck, as I have, by the frequency with which this phrase, “We have to move on” seems to be heard or seen in print these days? Since it is front and center, perhaps we need to consider it for a moment.

The Education Melee
Posted on April 20, 2015

How did this happen? Having lived a fairly long time I can look back over accumulated history and ask some very probing questions.

Well, Is It Vanity?
Posted on April 13, 2015

I have been working lately on the Book of Ecclesiastes, that forever intriguing reflection that keeps asking us if all things are indeed vanity on this earth. While it seems to have been composed more than 24 hundred years ago, it is so timely in 2015.

The Next Morning
Posted on April 6, 2015

Few of us stop to wonder what might have been going on among the disciples on this day after the first Easter had come to its exhilarating and exhausting conclusion. There is food for prayer in visiting that scene.

April 5 – Easter Sunday
Posted on April 5, 2015

Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
Isaiah 12:5

Easter is the ultimate day for singing our songs of praise and joy. In the conquering of death by Jesus lies our hope. In His resurrection, we root our belief that His words are true and can become a part of all we aspire to be. So let us sing to the God of our joy!

Let us proclaim it to all both near and far. Alleluia!

April 4 – Saturday
Posted on April 4, 2015

I stared, but there was no one to sustain me.
Isaiah 63:5

This is a hard day for that first community huddled together in Jerusalem, each one deeply conscious of his or her personal failure. Each has to work through the pain to recall His words of assurance and forgiveness. This is their day to apply those words to themselves. Jesus is gone, but His promises remain. They must help each other find what is needed or they cannot go forward. Grief alone is not an answer.

May our prayer today help us bridge the way from death to life.

April 3 – Good Friday
Posted on April 3, 2015

I have trodden the winepress alone and from the people no one was with me.
Isaiah 63:3

The cry of the prophet finds its echo in the heart of Jesus. They have all abandoned Him: disciples, healed men and women, the leaders of God’s people, even casual friends. Let us take our places on the bleakness of Calvary and be with Him until the end.

Each heart knows how best to pray on this sacred day.

April 2 – Maundy Thursday
Posted on April 2, 2015

Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.
Isaiah 55:2

Seated at table for the last time with those who have shared the joys and the hardships of the journey, Jesus blesses bread once again for them. This is a night of so many Exodus memories for those at the table; it will become a night of new and more powerful memories of what is about to begin. One constant is the truth that it is at the table that they find and will continue to find their unity and their strength.

Let us come to find our places at this table of plenty for all.

April 1 – Wednesday
Posted on April 1, 2015

In his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
Isaiah 63:9

On His final day of public teaching Jesus can only look out at these people, loved by their God for centuries and centuries, and feel the weight of a great sadness. There are so many things to distract them from the love story of their God for them. Is there still time for them to seize the lesson and make it real in their lives?

In prayer let us remember and give thanks for this God of love who has been revealed to us.